Yes, believe it or not, I am a mature learner – just. I started my course at 22, the youngest you can be to qualify.
At times, university can be stressful or overwhelming. When that happens, you, like me, may want someone other than a fellow student to talk to and support you through whatever’s happening. Older people – maybe only a few years, maybe a lot – with more experience of life. I’m used to a robust support network … Continue reading How to find a family-like support network away from home
Arriving at university Before I started university, I tried to free myself from any expectations of what it would be like. From the moment I opened the acceptance email to the night before I moved into my new room, I kept all my thoughts and worries at bay. However, this anxiety-induced state of denial meant … Continue reading Starting university: an introduction to ‘adulting’
Leaving home for most people means moving away from family and friends. There are many doubts that go through prospective students’ minds no matter what age, area or financial background you’re from. You are not alone when thinking about these fears and I am going to give you some advice to help put your doubts … Continue reading How to make the most of university!
My time at university can be best described as a whirlwind. I decided to get myself involved as much as possible in the African Caribbean community from the moment I stepped into university. My experience has definitely been unique! I therefore hope this blog will be helpful for incoming students from an African Caribbean background. … Continue reading Why join the African Caribbean society?
Just before going to university, I was diagnosed with autism, and also had physical and mental health problems. I was worried I wouldn’t cope at university. I felt I had the normal worries that every fresher has, such as doing badly in my course, or not getting on well with my housemates, but on top … Continue reading University support: from student to tutor
Without a doubt one of the best things I’ve done in my time at York was travelling abroad on the 2018 International Study Centre (ISC) trip to Mexico with the Centre for Global Programs. Around 20 students jetted off to Querétaro to spend two weeks participating in a huge range of activities. This included visits … Continue reading Travelling abroad: the world outside your studies
Starting university can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, from the new environment to the new people. For an international student this overwhelming experience is intensified as you immerse yourself in a completely new culture. You have to deal with culture shock in addition to the things that come with going to university for the first … Continue reading Settling into university: the trials and tribulations of an international student
First Year: Round One First year was a whirlwind of lectures, labs, and assignments intertwined with sports, socials, and nights out. Days spent on campus (or sometimes in bed…), evenings taken up by training or that crucial prep for a night out. As I sit here reflecting back to my first year at university, I … Continue reading Settling in doesn’t have to be instantaneous
Starting out I am a student who is currently in 2nd year and personally, settling into university has been an interesting roller-coaster. Thinking back to my first year, it took me some time to adjust. I remember that I wasn’t sure where a lot of things were, but once I got used to my bearings, … Continue reading Settling into university